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    December 3, 2013
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>> that's lori jane gliha on this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome we are live in doha and the top stories on al jazeera. bringing down the barricades, thai police and protesters in government buildings and insist they are still in control. as protests continue ukraine that are talking about
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parliament. the dancer who wanted more time on stage. stopping the slaughter, can africa's elephant population be protected from poachers? police in thailand have been ordered to stand down and allow protesters on to government property and it's the tenth day of demonstrations in bangkok and they want the government to resign. what is it they want exactly? the movement wants an unelected people's council set up to form a new government and feel the current prime minister is corrupt and does the billing of their bother taxing and they won an election two years ago and still hold a majority in parliament. the police meanwhile say they are in control of the situation despite standing down early on
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tuesday. >> the demonstration of peace an order we will inform that in order to reduce the tension and protest and the police, the center for peace an order has opened barriers to let protesters come in the area of the government house. we are in the process of asian with police and police maintain peace an order and forces for military do safeguard the area and ready to enforce police operations. >> reporter: that is al jazeera and let's join scott at the main protest camp in bangkok and we saw extraordinary scenes earlier outside the prime minister's office and tell us about the situation on the streets and at the protest camp there where you are. >> on the streets we were right by the headquarters for the metropolitan police in bangkok
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and has seen some of the worst protests and law enforcement classes over the last couple of days and we were there when they pulled down the bash wire together and protesters and police officers and a steady flow of protesters walked down the streets and into the grounds of the police headquarters and further down the street into the government house and that is where the prime minister has her office. the police got the order to allow the protesters in the compounds of the very symbolic buildings but not allowed in the buildings themselves, that was a compromise if you will between the protesters and protest leaders and the law enforcement officials. that is because the protest leaders said he wanted to take down the government and take over government house but at least put now he can say he got in the ground and gave a speech behind me a couple hours ago where he said it was a partial victory for this movement but the fight continues and probably will pick backup at the end of the week. >> reporter: he remains very
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defiant, what exactly are his goals, his plans to bring down the government, how does he plan on achieving this? >> well, he is unwavering in his goal to bring down the government and bring down the prime minister and take her out of office and take the ruling parties out of the government and he is sticking to his guns on that and says he is going to stay here until that happens. we are going to see a pause now, obviously there is a truce in place primarily because the king's birthday is on thursday. the nation of thailand stops on his birthday and stops and celebrates and prays and that is probably way was saw this pause come into effect but come friday we will not see what we saw in the last ten days of people going into government compounds but see something start up again with negotiations and that is what the head of the armed
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forces is and get all sides and talk about a peaceful resolution to the situation. >> reporter: scott, thank you for the update and he was live at the government protest the main protest camp in bangkok. as scott mentioned the demonstrations in thailand have been mainly led by a former deputy prime minister. until three weeks ago he was still a member of parliament. now he is wanted on charges of treason and florence reports. >> this is apparent. >> translator: he is my inspiration and brings all of us together. >> reporter: and his aim is to get rid of the influence of the prime minister, to do that he wants to replace the government with an unelected body known as the people's council. >> translator: the people we have in parliament now they didn't get there through clean elections, they bought their
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votes. >> reporter: tax parties won elections since 2001 but opponents and writers of policies which is a form of vote buyer and his vision alarmed academics who see it cause undemocratic. >> i think this is very unacceptable for those who study and practice what is called democracy in thailand. because this proposal is limited to people that depend or agree with him. >> reporter: for more than a week now antigovernment protesters have marched across the capitol and occupied government buildings and clashed with police. the same tactics were used in 2010 except then they were angered about returning to power and the street protest ended
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only after the army moved in and he was then deputy prime minister had authorized the use of force. more than 90 people were killed and due to be formally charged with murder on december 12 for his role in the crack down. and while he says he is leading a fight against corruption, his record hasn't been entirely clean. he has been implicated in the land scandal that eventually forced the government to dissolve parliament but none of this bothers his supporters and sees a change in government. as a politician of 35 years, there is winning and losing side of politics and now the waiting is all on one final battle. no matter who wins, thailand's political divide is set to continue. al jazeera in bangkok. >> this is the situation in thailand and let's speak to the chairman of the center for
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strategic studies at bangkok university and joins us live from the thai capitol and thank you for joining us and what is the end game for him, is it changing the government as he says or perhaps making a political come back? >> not at all. i think he has stated publically yesterday that he has resigned from the democrat party and he will no longer be involved in any political activities or be -- he has 35 years is enough for him. the reason why people is out there is because first of all the people were quite upset with the blanket amnesty which will give the corrupted leaders and also 25,000 cases of the corruption cases get out of jail free and also they will prosecute and what goes through the justice system of the people who call for the murder of more
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than 90 people in 2010. but he made it clear that he wants to have a people's congress. i think what he means is he wants the people, he wants the political power, political party to have one year of absence and let the people, let the bureaucrat run the country for 400 and some days without a hitch. >> reporter: demands are very -- sorry to interrupt and it seems that the protesters are very varied and do you think they can achieve this when they seem to be so disorganized? not necessarily disorganized but having different views on how to get the government to step down. >> yes, i think i am cautiously
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optimistic. the king and majesty's birthday is coming up, in two days and the police are standing down and opening the barrier so the people can enter the compound but not the building. this is just symbolic and i think this is a cautious optimism on my part to look at the situation at least they have some breathing room and the hostility has been ceased for the past ten hours and i think right now they are in negotiations because politicians i think are talking all the time to see what is the best alternative for both parties like the democrat and the ruling party. >> reporter: do you think the prime minister still has a great amount of power? do you think she can survive this crisis? >> i think it would be best for her to at least step down and
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give some breathing room either for reelection or for the dissolve of the parliament very soon. i think the demand of the protesters for her to step down and for everybody to leave the political scene is over the top. >> reporter: she was democratically elected and holds majority in parliament today, can you ask a democratically-elected leader to step down? >> well, basically if we look at the situation, election, one man, one vote is one part but transparency and good government has not been seen for 2 1/2 years and this is why people are out on the streets of hundreds of thousands. >> reporter: thank you for talking to us, chairman of the center of studies at bangkok
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university. other news ukraine is due to vote on a no confidence motion against the government. it is already meeting and that is following a warning from the prime minister they could be a coup and it's intensifying and crowds are blocking the main government building and we are joined from the ukraine capitol and the focus of this is a vote is due in parliament and what has been happening there and what the outcome of this is likely to be. >> well, it was a fairly chaotic start to the parliamentary session which began a couple hours ago. there was some shouting on the floor of the parliament and some chanting outside where protesters are gathered and shouting revolution, revolution. the seen where i am at the moment in independent square is fairly calm.
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there aren't too many people at this location. there are quite a few outside some of the government buildings, blockading the action and what should be going on and parliament business. as you is say there is the votes of confidence that is due to take place in parliament later. there is no sign of that happening yet. the latest pictures i saw from out of the parliament building looked fairly empty and not too many people there. as to what will happen without votes of course too early to say. the progovernment faction inside the parliament has a majority and they have said, of course, they won't support a no confidence motion, it's unclear actually whether they are going to vote at all. if they don't vote that might leave the issue hanging, leave us in a bit of a stalemate. for the people who have been out
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on the streets protesting over the last few days say that the fall of the government if it does fall won't make any difference to them. the person they want to see leave office is the president. >> reporter: yes, he has left on a state visit to china. how is that being viewed? is he seen as taking the crisis seriously? >> well, for the protesters, they see that as basically behavior that is par for the course. they view him as essentially no more than a petty criminal and they say that he is not fit to leave the country and they think he is running away at a time of crisis. but i think it has to be said this: the people who are in this square and the people who are out on the streets protesting don't speak for the entirety of ukraine, the eastern portion of the country is largely pro-russian and largely
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proyanakovich and this is seen as an unwelcome revolution if that is what you want to call it and for the large part they are sticking behind their men. >> thank you very much indeed. a 24 hour curfew is in the nigeria city after fighters attacked the international airport and an airforce base. military and government officials say dozens of people may be dead including 20 gunman. three aircraft, two helicopters and several cars were hit in the predawn attack and this is the latest live and what are you hearing about the events? >> according to eyewitness according hundreds of fighters stormed the air base and the airport setting off explosive devices and firing automatic weapons screaming god is great in arabic.
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and they were engaged with personnel in a five-hour battle that went from 2:00-7:00 a.m. and several military helicopters were lost in the fighting and military said more than 20 insurgents were killed and two airforce personnel were injured in the fighting. it has been difficult to get information out of this region because since the state of emergency was declared in the area, the fight and telecommunications have been cutoff because the military say that is how they communicate and that is why this story and the dreadful events that have taken place are coming to light this morning. >> what does this mean for the offensive for nigeria? >> well, a monday night president ordered a meeting of his chief of security, the national security advisor and chief of defense and other
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security officials to investigate exactly what happened because since thousands of soldiers poured into this region around may, around six months ago there is a serious deescalation in the number of attacks in many parts of the northeast have seen some sense of normality returning but this attack shows that despite the deescalation that we have seen, boca haran has the capacity to sit down to organize and to execute attacks and clearly the question is going to be how is it possible with the presence of thousands of security personnel in the area that an air base and an airport were able to be attacked. >> thank you very much, that is al jazeera's evan live. lots more ahead on the news hour including a global trade agreement that would be a first but mike sees people go hungry in india with details and visit
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the center with a lifelong to afghanistan disabled workforce and in sports joe will have all the action including news of a resurgance bouncing back in the season. ♪ a russian ballet dancer is guilty of an acid attack on the director of the theatre. a judge said he and two other men caused bodily harm and we have more from moscow. >> the end of a trial with scandal, rumor and a savage attack of the director of the ballet, a treasured national institution. on trial in moscow, dancer and former soloist charged with ordering an attack and claimed
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he did not give good roles in his job as director. the prosecution is asking for nine years jail for the dancer and he is 43 and nearly blind in the attack and he had 20 operations to try and save his sight. he wasn't in court. he is in germany continuing his medical treatment. also on trial is this man, he admitted throwing the acid in the face of the director on the night of 17th of january and he is facing ten years in prison. the third man on trial facing six years in jail, the driver, andre, all men turned themselves in after the attack. and he told the court he offendered that he be roughed up and said he never sanctioned an acid attack and the trial began in october and had disclosures about some of russia's treasured ballet stars and they will serve
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this in a penal colony. they will be hoping that from now on russia's much loved cultural icon will be known from the successful performances on stage and not from the scandals and vicious gossip coming from the wings, peter in moscow. >> reporter: news coming in to us from iraq and at least 7 people have been killed in a suicide attack, two bombers blew themselves up at a local council in north of baghdad and 15 others were injured in the attack. rebel fighters entered the syrian town northeast of damascus and it's famous for the christian churches and the last places with people still speak the language of jesus. rebels took over in september but were forced out by the army. lebanon's government deployed the army on to the northern city
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of tripoli and 11 have been killed in fighting in the city as rival communities target each other and violence is triggered by religious and the neighboring war and andrew simmons reports. >> the aim is to bring this to an end. [gunfire] and this is syria's war playing out in lebanon and cost 100 lives in the past year. fighters for pro-assad area and in another district clashing frequently in a sectarian feud that dates back to lebanon civil war. the prime minister said the army will be asked to exercise complete supervision of security in the city over the next six months and denies that tripoli will become a military zone. what will happen next it's expected it's a decree and what
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it will contain and how this will play out on the ground remains unclear at this stage. it was a meeting that brought together the caretaker leadership and prime minister and defense chief and followed a within that saw more deaths and scores of injuries. and depending on how far the army goes, the decision could break new ground. lebanon's fragmented politics, the army has not been ordered to take control of the city since the end of the civil war between 1975 and 1990. political consensus has been in short supply in tripoli and the whole of lebanon and the caretaker government wants to see an end to the proxy war going on in the second city killing civilians and the local economy. but how the military will deal with the war and factions will be a big test. andrew simmons al jazeera
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beirut. >> and an update on syria we have reports that two people have been killed in an explosion in damascus. this is according to syrian state television, an explosion by suicide bomber who blew himself up in central damascus this tuesday and 17 people are injured and we will bring you information on this breaking story if and when we have it. the powerful north korea un has been removed from his post. and he was widely believes to be the power behind the north korean leader and held vice chairman of the commission and there are reports that two of his close associates have been executed following corruption charges. the u.s. vice president expressed concerns over china's expansion of the air defense zone in the east china sea and it was in japan and the first stop in a three-nation tour of
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asia and he will make a visit to china on wednesday and tokyo and bejing are talking about this. a human bird flu and saying it could be spreading beyond main line china and a woman in indonesia is in the hospital after being infected with h 7 n 9 and she is a domestic worker who travels to mainland china. pollution in shanghai is the highest level recorded and went above 300 on air quality index indicating the most severe level of air pollution. let's get a check on the global weather now and here is richard. >> thanks. look at europe where we had very disturbed weather in the last few days. we look at the satellite picture and it's dry and fine and high pressure here down to the south
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and mediterranean and sicily have seen torrential rain and southern italy where the pictures come from, pretty bad weather over the last few days and the situation is getting slightly better and seeing the area of clouds moving away and heavy rain in greece and turkey and moving north. but the real weather is in the northwest in the coming days especially thursday. an air of low pressure developing and moving through the north sea area and coincide with a period of performance and we have high tides. so when you throw in high tides and winds which will be gusting to 130-150 kilometers per hour and you have the recipe for flooding. in addition you see all the snow to the north but we will find colder conditions pushing right and pushing down and blasting
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down from the north, very strong winds and massive wind chills across the region and very unsettled in the coming days. >> thank you very much indeed. around 1 billion people in the world live with a disability and face challenges in participating in many areas of society including the workforce. but a center in afghanistan is providing a lifeline to the disabled. jane ferguson went to take a look. >> few people understand the value of a prosthetic leg as much as mohamed. when he was three years old he played with something shiny, it was a bomb and when it exploded it took both his legs at the hip and he works at the red cross central at kabul making prosthetic lim -- limbs for other people. >> translator: i'm proud of it and the person who receive the leg their life becomes easier
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and i'm happy with my work. >> reporter: he is part of an almost exclusively disabled workforce and could be easy to imagine the atmosphere in a place like this as depressing but, in fact, this is an incredibly positive place because the staff here are physically disabled approving to the patients that they can go on and live positive, functional lives. the center provides treatment for thousands of afghans who lost limbs because of war and others because of accidents and disease. and in a country where able-bodied people struggle now that disabled people suffer even more. >> it's hard finding a job, finding money for the house, for everything, if you are a disabled people it's harder for somebody that doesn't have a
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disability. >> reporter: the government doesn't offer much help and this is a hospital in kabul and 17 betz for people who are paralyzed in a cramped, dirty space and offering a roof over their heads but little treatment. back at the red cross it may not be able to house every disabled afghan who needs it but its work is a lifeline for these people who have a strong spirit in spite of devastating injuries. jane ferguson al jazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> reporter: more ahead on the al jazeera news hour, power play in venezuela and widespread electricity cuts are putting the president under pressure plus. >> i'm rob reynolds in doha and we will talk about the tannery and the devastating impact on the environment and the people who live here. >> and joe will be here to tell us why it was snowing stuffed animals at a hockey game in
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canada and this is coming up, in sports, do stay with us. ♪
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♪ welcome back and this is the top stories on al jazeera, thai police are allowing protesters to enter the grounds of government buildings after being with them for days. and they say their campaign to topple the government will go on. ukraine's parliament will vote on a confidence motion against the government, the country's prime minister is warning that protests could turn into a coup
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and demonstrations are intensifying in kiev. and television is reporting the suicide attack in the capitol damascus killed four people and the blast is in the neighborhood and also injured 17 others and we will bring you more as we get it. iran's foreign minister told al jazeera u.s. sanctions didn't enforce them with the program, they want to be integrated at the same time protecting their interesting and we have more from washington. >> handshakes and smiles and deal, the international community recently celebrated an agreement to ensure iran's nuclear program stays peaceful but now the iran foreign minister tells al jazeera his country struck the deal because it wanted to, not because of u.s.-led economic sanctions. >> when sanctions started iran had less than 200 and today they
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have 1900 centerfuges so the net product is 18,800 centerfuges added to iran stock. so sanctions have utterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues and impact on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact of the -- the sanctions had an enormous impact and that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: many speculating that if it succeeds washington and tahir may cooperate and it could be useful at the up coming peace talks known as geneva two and the u.s. response. >> the goal is to have a
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governing body, that is the goal of the geneva conference and they have not embraced that as the focus of the geneva communication. >> reporter: it is in the middle of what could be described as a charm offensive and visiting officials in saudi arabia that sent guns and cash to the syrian opposition and they insist iran is trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe that we need, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the spread of sectarian divide in the region. >> reporter: nothing he said on monday is new but the iran government to assert itself is attracting attention in the obama administration and studied closely, al jazeera the state department. >> reporter: now it's a familiar dilemma for developing countries, the choice between economic growth and protecting the government, in our second
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report on bangladesh tannery industry we look at whether environmental laws are being enforced. >> blood red and loaded with toxic chemicals, tainted water gushs from one of the many tannerys in doca district and they produce huge amounts of waste full of cancer-causing chemicals. the water drains untreated straight into the streams and open sewers of this densely-populated neighborhood, home to 160,000 people. streets and alleys have bones and rotting animal part. >> if you want to know what hell looks like you don't have to wait to go to hell, if you go and look at the tannery area that will tell you what hell looks like.
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>> reporter: and this is emitted every single day and flows in the river, doca's main waterway. scientists say this is a dead zone, fish and other aquatic life simply can't exist there any longer. conditions are so bad a new report put out by european and american environmental watchdog organizations calls this one of the five most polluted places on the planet. leather is one of bangladesh export comedies and a rights watch investigation last year found no attempt by authorities to crack down on polluting tannerys and called this an enforcement free zone. >> i have not heard of a single case where the department of environment has been regular in visiting the tannery area and this is because the government wants only to buy the argument
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of foreign export. so i would say this is a case of total absence of government. >> reporter: mohamed has lived here for 50 years. >> translator: the government doesn't understand, if they did we would not be living in this filfth. >> reporter: and blames it for his daughter's death from cancer. >> translator: i tried to save her and couldn't do anything because of this place. >> reporter: no in depth studies have been done on the people living there but they don't need reports or statistics to tell them they are living on poisoned land. rob reynolds, al jazeera doca. >> joining us from the bangladesh doca is phillip and director of the society and human development and thank you for talking to us. terrible conditions outside the tannery and tell us about the
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health hazards for people who live around these areas are facing. >> the tannery is the most polluted in the industry and we have before that it's the most polluted industry in the world and i mean the people who work at the tannery are factory workers and people who live in the tannery areas are exports to syria and have conditions in that area. i mean in the tannery industry there are chemicals used in the factories and one of them, the main one is the chromium that is used and the people who work there up to 12000 at any given
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time in the peak season are exposed to the health and hazards and the people -- this was in 1997 and then we found that the diseases that are in the tannery industry is very high while the morbid rate is 150 people in the tanning industry is more than 800 out of 1,000 people and the kind of. >> incredible figures. what are some of the regulations and standards so that the government has set? we heard one of the person interviewed in rob reynolds say there is no regulations and is it being respected? >> absolutely, we have environment regulations and those environmental regulations are completely ignored by the
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tannery factory workers. it seems that the government has relaxed all the environmental regulations for the tannery workers and we see a complete absence of the environmental regulations in the tannery, in the tannery industry. one simple factor and i'll explain that which is two or three of more than 200 tannery factories have treatment plants and we don't see implementation of the large in case of the tannery industry. >> reporter: thank you very much for speaking with us and shedding some light for us on the situation in bangladesh regarding the tannery factories and the industry and he is the director for the society of environment and human development joining us there from doca. and talks in indonesia and the
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agreement would be the first trade deal since the organization was created in 1995. there have been rallies in bali over one of the major sticking points, food support dis for developing nations such as india and we report from new deli. >> reporter: feeding her four children on $70 a month is not easy and leaves a family $10 for all other essentials and food subsidies is a lifeline and applied for a food ration card and they soon may not exist if the world trade organization has its way. >> translator: if we get 20 we will get it for $10 but if we have the cards we can get the same amount for $2.5. >> translator: the wto is trying to negotiate its first worldwide trade deal and includes countries cutting their food subsidies and how much
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should be given to poor consumers and producers are what they are talking about including with india. when they were threatened farmers came to new deli to talk to the wto and they were firm against the developed world but now the pressure is on india and up to 30 other nations in asia and africa to come into line and cut the help they give to the farming industry and poor consumers. earlier this year the indian government adopted a law that guarantees two thirds of poor people, five kilograms of rice per month and they subsidize the program up to 600 million people and could cost the government $20 billion a year and that is far above the current limit set by the wto. developed countries want the limits respected and that worries some charitable organizations here. >> and we still have millions
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who go to bed hungry and who don't have even one square meal a day so the government has to tackle that problem but until that happens i can't see the issue of subsidies going and certainly the world trade organization should not pressure government not to feed its own people first. >> reporter: they don't want to see a return to the days after independence when it asked the international community for food. since then indians have worked very hard to prove that they can feed their own. so the indian government now says it won't be dictated to by the international community as to how to feed the most vulnerable in society. al jazeera and new deli. >> reporter: electricity has been cut in many parts of venezuela, a major supply line malfunctioned and the president doesn't believe it, it's that simple and carolyn malone reports. >> reporter: stuck in caracus as the country is plunged into
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darkness and it's the biggest power cut people experienced here. >> translator: the blackouts and it's stuck and everything is going to get backed up. >> translator: i had to get out of the station and wait for a bus so i can get to my house and that is what i have been trying to do until now. when the lights go out everything collapses sadly. >> reporter: much of the country and its 29 million people were effected. >> translator: the energy minister call on venezuela tv said there was a fault at a sub station bringing down a transmission line that supplies 60% of national electricity and the same part of the grid that was in the large blackout in september and the president was making a life address about regulating car prices when the power went out and he said it was a deliberate act. >> translator: we have information, i have been saying that that there would be new attacks against the power grid and i put the country and the world on alert.
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here it is. sabotage against the power grid live and direct at 10:54 p.m., our noble people do not deserve this from an fascist right wing. >> reporter: they say lack of investment, incompetence and corruption, the country has the world's largest supply of crude oil but that wealth is not reflected in the general population and inflation is 54% and basic goods like toilet paper and flour are in short supply and there have been small electricity cuts before but none quite like this and it's five days before elections at a time of economic crisis will be tested, caroline malone al jazeera. >> prosecutors are investigating bob dillon for alleged racist remarks, in an interview in "rolling stone" magazine he compared the relationship between jews and nazis to surfs
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and hundreds were killed by groups after the second world war. and still ahead on news hour. >> we are a group of guys that especially with our backs against the wall we come out fighting. >> reporter: tough talking england prepare for the second test against australia and details coming up, in sports. do stay with us. ♪ >> and now a techknow minute...
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♪ welcome back, international donors have suspended aid to molowi after millions has been
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gone and miss management and planning a protest and we report. >> activists in malowi are wearing black because they are in mourning and millions are missing from the budget and money given by aid donors and some have stopped giving money to the country for now. >> the 40% that the donors suspended in supporting the budget is a big percentage and knowing that the money has been rooted, so that one will cause more suffering about the people. we might see that the most of the commodities will not be there. >> reporter: the local currency continues to lose its value. interest rates are going up and so is inflation. so it's become more practical to exchange on the black market for
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stronger currencys like the rand or the u.s. dollar. and they are one of the poorest countries in the world and they are angry about the corruption scandal. >> since of that, we are failing to see everything change. we still are poor and we are going down. we are going dipping down. >> reporter: they are planning peaceful protests. >> these are given out to people and asked to wear black every monday in protest against government corruption. organizers say they are calling it black monday and planning the first big march on the 9th of december. after the scandal broke they dissolved the cabinet and they have been fired and arrested and promised to do what she can to end corruption and those planning demonstrations next week want to know how millions of dollars disappeared under her watch and al jazeera.
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>> reporter: alison could be sent in africa in ten years in poaching rises and there is a three-day summit to talk about stopping the slaughter and we have more from the providence. >> all of the elephants in south africa survive behind fences. sanctuarys like this one provide safety but the trade-in illegal ivory is lucrative and increasing demand pushed poaching to critical levels elsewhere on the continent and it's estimated there are fewer than half a million elephants left in africa compared with 1.2 million in 1908 and could be extinct in her lifetime. >> i would like to see that day because elephants are more of one of the more emotional, intelligent species and comparable to humans and to get to a state where humans care that little about wildlife would
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be a very sad day. >> reporter: some parts of asia ivory is worth more than gold and it's used in medicine and carved for ornaments but the true price is a bloody one. porchers poison elephants and shoot them from helicopters sometimes with machine guns and the government is hosting a follow-up meeting to talk about it earlier this year on the convention of international trade and endangered species and eight countries are accused of not doing enough to tackle ivory trafficking. >> there is more calling for regional collaboration across the board to account on the threat because again it's not just a threat to wildlife. the proceeds from this particular trade or industry has been what it can fund and maybe funding is some other illegal activities as well. >> reporter: as well as how
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ivory influences peace and security and the involvement of organized crime, the delegates will discuss how to stem the demand for ivory in asia. a lot of the problem comes down to a lack of understanding about where ivory comes from, a survey by the international fund for animal welfare found that 70% of chinese didn't know elephants were killed for their tusks. 6 tons of ivory was crushed in the united states and confiscated over 25 years and unless all the countries involve act now they warn the tasks would be all that is left of africa's elephants and tonya page la grange and south africa. >> reporter: time for sports and here is joe >> thank you so much. we start with the nba where the top two teams in the east and west conferences faced off on monday but it was the trailblazers who were on top inflicting the second loss of the season on indiana pacers,
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106-102. and the western conference the utah jazz had the second straight win and 3 in 4 and beat them 109-103 and scott hayward scored with 29 points and 21 from trey burke and alec burke. and in 2012 stanley cup champions the kings beat conference rivals the blues on monday. and they put the kings ahead 1-0 and midway through the first period beating the goalie and the first of the two on the night. later in the period. and second and la third came in the second period and despite rally and the kings held on to a 3-2 victory and the second win in six games.
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montana snapped a four-game losing streak and beat them until the final period and 50 seconds apart and they settled the game four minutes later. and second place trail canadians urged the new jersey devil's 3-2 and it was tied in the third period when he scored the goal to give them the win and keeps them three points behind boston. and football team confirmed their coach harara will stay on for the world cup and took over mid october following a disaster campaign where he saw three other coaches get the beat and they were last place and 9-3 over two legs in the playoff. and 31 other qualifying teams
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will find out in a few days which group they will be in and who they will be playing in the three-group stage matches and the final draw will take place in brazil on friday. and they have a big talk ahead of them on thursday and getting back on track for four wins and suffered 381 at the hands of australia in the first test last month and tim returns to the score for the second test which begins on thursday. >> the heavy defeat we took two weeks ago we are a group of guys that especially when our backs are against the wall we come out fighting and done it time and time again on test series and especially when we are under pressure and in a corner, that is when we really show our mental thoughts. >> reporter: and they built a strong lead on the opening day of the first test, and mcculum
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were unbeaten and new zeeland. the championships came to a close in st. petersburg last week and martial arts originated in russia in the 20s and 30s and it's growing thanks for support of steven segal and vladimir putin. >> reporter: he is unknown to the world and compare that to other fighting it is getting its time in the spotlight thanks to action film star steven segal and vladimir putin and they attended a training center in march and segal put on a demonstration. >> slide the punch. >> reporter: and just last week the president was on hand to
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open the world sombo championships in st. petersburg. >> translator: i'd like to congratulate those participating and welcome all of those who love sambo for the 37th world championships in st. petersburg and it's nice to hold sports in our country and it's the 75th anniversary of sambo. >> reporter: sambo was used by soviet forces to disable attackers without weapons and a melding of different martial arts to create the most efficient one and back to the world championship in st. petersburg 500 athletes from 75 countries were represented and the host country russia claims 27 metals including 15 golds to lead the way. four other former soviet countries, the ukraine, and
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kazikstan finished with metals and this is outside of the roots in eastern europe and the schools are more prominent in communities across the world with schools popping up in new york, dublin, london and elsewhere and i'm with al jazeera. >> reporter: across the world we are entering the season of given and one junior hockey team in canada turned that into an art. they had the teddy bear toss game and when they scored the fans unleashed teddys on to the ice. 26,000 of them to be precise. at one point it looked like it was snowing stuffed animals and each year fans bring stuffed toys to throw at the game and the toys are donated to local charities. and that is all the sport for now. >> thank you very much joe. that is it for the news hour on al jazeera and jane is with you next and i hope you do stay with
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